When Sean Kirkpatrick worked in the Pentagon as the top official overseeing the tracking of UFOs, he told his leadership that the department wasn’t telling the public enough about the mysterious aircraft or the government’s efforts to investigate them.

Kirkpatrick, who served from July 2022 until December as the first director of the Pentagon office dedicated to investigating reports of UFOs, was concerned that conspiracy theorists would take advantage of the lack of information in the public sphere to promote their agendas.

“There was a very strong concern to engage in the public discourse as often as I thought we needed to,” Kirkpatrick said. “The fact that they [Pentagon leadership] can’t figure out how to get at that message without concern for spillage into other areas has always been a frustrating point.”

He made the comments after POLITICO reached out for a response to a Defense Department Inspector General report in late January concluding the Pentagon’s efforts to identify UFOs are “uncoordinated” and could have overlooked threats to the U.S. Kirkpatrick now provides strategic scientific and intelligence consulting services under Nonlinear Solutions LLC, and serves as the chief technology officer for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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